Police say new South Walpole concert traffic scheme went as planned
Thousands of campers have been registered as well. Breland said concert tickets have been sold in nearly every state and a handful of other countries. The two-day event is expected to contribute $300,000 in sales tax revenue for the town. So why was Guthrie selected for a stop? Don Sullivan, vice president of concert promoter Jam Productions, said Mumford & Sons were interested in trying to do something in Oklahoma. Looking at Google Maps, the concert promoters discovered that Guthrie, with a population of 10,000 people, looked similar to previous concert stops last year. The promoters and the band’s U.S. management team then toured the area multiple times and met with local government officials. Also: Refunds offered for Mumford & Sons show in Queens “For Guthrie, it was obvious to us that we were welcomed with open arms by the city, and the town has a unique charm that we felt matched previous stopovers and that the band and their fans would enjoy,” Sullivan said. Guthrie was the capital of Oklahoma from 1907 to 1910. A portion of the downtown district has been designated a National Historic Landmark and several of its historic buildings and architecture still stand today. Many people travel to the town to see and experience a historic piece of Oklahoma. Troy, Ohio, hosted the series’ first stop last weekend. St.
Concert preview: Composer Carl Nielsen’s symphonies ‘an unexpected pleasure’
In addition to more officers, the police department, along with the Department of Public Works (DPW), State Police, and other town officials worked together to place more signs in strategic, visible places detailing traffic plans as part of what Carmichael called a collaborative operations plan. “There was marked improvement,” Carmichael said about this years Country Fest plan. “We were very effective in keeping traffic flowing even through South Walpole.” Carmichael said police basically shut down South Walpole neighborhoods, redirecting traffic to Rte. 1. In the past, side roads like Water Street were backed up with tailgaters or those looking to park in residential neighborhoods. During this years concerts, town zoning officials were on patrol looking for residents violating the town bylaw that bans parking on private property, eliminating some of the traffic build up. “People really couldnt get down into Water Street from that area so [parking] wasnt much of a problem at all,” Carmichael said. No one was fined for parking cars during the concert. Though the department did not make any concert-related arrests, they responded to multiple reports of tailgating, public drinking and public urination, Carmichael said. Officers removed would-be-tailgaters from Walpole Park South, the Big Y parking lot, the South Walpole pool, the Preserve and other South Walpole locations, redirecting them onto Rte. 1 and toward the stadium parking lot.
And Nielsen is the composer who best surprises you that way, in part because he is not so well-known. As music director of the Utah Symphony, Fisher will conduct Nielsens Symphony No. 1, the first in this years masterwork series of the composers characterful six symphonies. While a contemporary of Mahler and Sibelius with a blazing individuality to his works, Nielsen is not a well-known composer and has no firm place in the international repertory. He is a somewhat marginal figure in the history of classical music, though he is seen as a vital precursor to classical modernism. Fischer is puzzled that Nielsen is not more widely recognized as his masterful compositions would otherwise indicate and is hard-pressed to explain why his works remain a tough sell. He hasnt had his time because, for one reason, name conductors havent programmed his compositions on a regular basis in concert seasons, Fischer said. Other than that, I cannot give you a rational explanation. I can only say that as a conductor, I have a strong conviction because I love all six symphonies so much that if audiences forget that they dont know the composer, they, too, will love his music. Biographer Daniel M. Grimley wrote that Nielsens is one of the most playful, life-affirming and awkward voices in 20 th-century music. His work resists easy stylistic categorization or containment, yet its melodic richness and harmonic vitality are immediately appealing and engaging. This bold, idiosyncratic style pleases the conductor, and he is anticipating an enthusiastic embrace from Utah Symphony concertgoers and a recognition that Nielsen is one of the distinctive geniuses of latter-day symphonic writing. If with the orchestra I can bring an unexpected pleasure, thats something I very much look for, Fischer said. And I do trust, with the genius of this composer, this unexpected pleasure will arrive each of the six times when Nielsens six symphonies are performed. Nielsen is ubiquitous in his homeland, where he holds the place of national composer and beloved musical hero. His songs are an integral part of the countrys national heritage.